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February 2015
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  • Top ISMS Headlines February 20, 2015


    Policymaking, History, Education, Celebration – All are Part of the 2015 ISMS House of Delegates


    The 2015 ISMS Annual Meeting and House of Delegates will take place April 17-19 in Oak Brook.

    This year marks the 175th anniversary of ISMS, so expect a bit of a historical flair to the meeting – paired with a look toward ISMS’ future.

    Online registration is now open. It’s also not too early to book your hotel reservation.

    Profiles of candidates running for ISMS offices are posted online and will be updated regularly, so be sure to review them to learn more about those who will represent you and your district.   

    Resolution submission deadline is March 3

    Have a burning health policy issue you’d like to see addressed? Want a stake in shaping the future of medicine? You can impact medical policy by submitting a resolution! For assistance, access ISMS' guide for developing resolutions.

    Please note: Members must submit resolutions through a credentialed delegate for the ISMS HOD meeting. Please contact your county medical society for this information.

    ISMS must receive all resolutions by 4:45 p.m. on March 3, 2015.
    Bonus education session: Managing Your eRisk

    The digital revolution continues to impact healthcare risk management, so you won’t want to miss “Managing Your eRisk,” presented by ISMIE Mutual risk management staff. This seminar will be held in Oak Brook on Friday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m.; CME will be offered.  Register today!

    Questions? Call the HOD hotline at 312-853-4745 or send an email.


     New High Limit Disability Program for Members; Enrollment Period Ends May 13

    ISMS is partnering with Disability Resource Group (DRG) to offer a high limit disability program exclusively for all eligible members. Now you can get the income protection you need and have peace of mind – at a discount.

    Enrollment for this coverage is only available until May 13, so inquire now.

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    Your Patient is 17 and Married. Minor or Adult?

    It can be a challenge to determine how to proceed when medical services are needed for a minor and you do not have a parent’s consent.

    Learn more with ISMS’ newly updated medical legal guide, Parental Powers/Minors. Services and medical conditions covered in the guide include:

    • Medical and surgical services.
    • Birth control services
    • Sexually transmitted diseases and chemical abuse.
    • HIV.
    • Child and elder abuse and neglect reporting.
    • Minors of dissolved marriages.

     Access the guide today! Questions? Call  800-782-4767 or send an email



    From the ISMS vault, circa 1965:
    Measles vaccinations encouraged then, as now.


    Dial In for Top Tips on Transition to ICD-10-CM

    With the ICD-10-CM implementation date now seven months away, join the next National Provider Call, Thursday, February 26, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (CST) to hear experts discuss implementation, Medicare end-to-end testing and results from previous weeks of testing.

    Prior to the call, participants are encouraged to view these testing resources.

    Register today!

    The call is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   

    EHR Incentive Program Update:
    One Week Left to Attest!

    If you participate in Medicare’s EHR Incentive Program, take note of the February 28 deadline to attest for demonstrating meaningful use of data collected during the 2014 reporting period. 

    To do so, navigate to the Attestation System, courtesy of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email


    Attention Internal Medicine Physicians:
    Immediate Changes Coming to Maintenance of Certification Program

    The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced that significant changes are underway to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, which will largely impact internal medicine physicians.

    ABIM will begin to recognize a wider variety of continuing medical education to meet MOC requirements and will seek more input from practicing clinicians as it shapes the future of its program. 

    Read ABIM’s news release and an FAQ webpage.


    It's Tax Season: Here's Good News about Your Dues 

    The portion of your ISMS dues for the 2014 membership year reserved for non-taxable deduction purposes is 6 percent. Therefore, for federal income tax purposes, your dues for 2014 are 94 percent tax-deductible.

    For applicability to your individual circumstances, you should check with your tax consultant or advisor.

    Did You Get Dropped? Reinstate Your ISMS Membership Today!

    Although the February 1 deadline for renewing your membership has come and gone, you can still reinstate your membership by email, or by calling the Division of Membership at 800-782-4767 ext. 1900

    As you are rejoining, why not switch from lump sum to monthly payments? Ditch the stamps and check writing. Sign up for Continuous Membership and never risk a lapse in valuable benefits!      


    Free Webinar to Address Heroin Epidemic in Adolescents, Young Adults

    CME offered 

    It’s continuously evident in media reports in Illinois and across the country: Adolescents are highly vulnerable to heroin abuse due to their inexperience, the easy availability of heroin, and the fact that prescription opiate abuse can lead to heroin abuse.   

    The Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) offers a free webinar to cover this statistical rise of heroin abuse amount adolescents and young adults, Wednesday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to noon (CST). 

    Register today!

    This webinar is sponsored by the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM).

    Training on Hep C Challenges, Geared for Primary Care Physicians 

    Register now for a free CME activity covering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines on Hepatitis C screening and treatment. 

    To register for this ongoing videoconference series, call 773-322-6941 or send an email.

    This training is sponsored by the Hepatitis C Community Alliance to Test and Treat Program, administered by the University of Chicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative.

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